We had a great time discussing the sound of Cast Away with Randy Thom this morning, and the recording is now available.
I have to apologize though, I screwed up on starting the recording…and it’s missing the first minute of the discussion. Here’s a recap. I asked Randy to describe the goals of the sound design for the film. He started by describing how the director, Robert Zemeckis, explained to him that there was going to be a sizable portion of the film that would have no music and very little dialogue. He mentioned how this excited him, but also that it put a lot of pressure on him as the sound effects would be integral to carrying the story over such a large portion of the film. He went on to describe that Zemeckis didn’t want any sounds of other life on the island with Hanks…no birds, no insects…and this is where the recording starts.
I hope you all enjoy the discussion.